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Our job is not to “fix” people but to help facilitate their individual recovery process. Apart from being an interesting and evolving area of nursing practice the other reason I enjoy working in addiction is seeing people actually recover. This may involve seeing individuals achieve abstinence or adopting harm minimisation principles to reduce the impacts of their drug use. It might also just mean that they now have a job, less legal issues to contend with or the return of their children to their care. The small gains are often the most important because from “little things big things grow”.
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